Welcome to Rimutaka Baptist sermons. Join us for Worship Services every Sunday at 10 AM. We upload the sermons to YouTube by 5:30 PM Sunday evenings for those who are unable to make it to church. All our sermons are available for viewing on our YouTube channel, but you can also click on the videos included in the sermon blog posts below.

2022-11-06 Sermon – Three Kings

In this sermon, Neville discusses the lives of three well known biblical kings; David, Solomon and Rehoboam. What can we learn from these kings and apply to our own faith lives?

2022-10-16 Sermon – God Preservation

Today we continue looking at the story of Abraham. One of our natural fallen instincts is self-preservation and left unchecked it can have disastrous implications. How can we learn to be more reliant on God and allow Him to preserve our lives.

2022-10-09 Sermon – Babel vs. Abram

Today we continue looking at familiar stories in the Old Testament through the kingdom life lens. This time we contrast the story of Babel with the life of Abram. We are going to learn what should motivate us a we build our lives.

2022-09-11 Sermon – Cain’s Wife

Have you ever wondered about Cain’s wife and other difficult problems in the book of Genesis? In this installment of Rimutaka Baptist Question and Answer series, we answer the question of who was Cain’s wife.

2022-09-04 Sermon – Faithful Fathers

This Sunday we look at the genealogy of Adam to Noah. This Father’s day as we look at the Fathers of old with a Kingdom lens we discover the rich legacy left behind by those who came before us and the blessings they received as a result of their faithfulness.

2022-08-21 Sermon – Figuring out the Fall

This Sunday we continue our series by looking at the fall with a Kingdom lens perspective. What lessons can we learn from the experiences of Adam and Eve? How can we avoid the mistakes made at the fall?

2022-08-14 Sermon – Reclaiming Eden

What does the story of Adam and Eve before the fall have to teach us about a Kingdom life? Join me as we explore the wonderful complexity of the second creation narrative and how it showcases God’s wonderful life-giving plan for all of His creation.

2022-08-07 Sermon – Creation and the Kingdom

This Sunday join us as we look at the Creation story through the lens of the Kingdom life. We can only begin to believe in the Blessed be’s if we know they are grounded in the Let it be’s of the Creation story.

2022-07-03 Sermon – The Secret Place

This Sunday we continue to look at the intimate relationship we have with God in our hearts. This secret place where we continue to work out our faiths. What amazing discoveries are to be found if only we allow God to be at work within us and spend time with Him there.

2022-06-26 Sermon – Kingdom Hearts

A kingdom heart understands that it is better to find our worth in God, and not in man. So whether we do good to the needy or whether we are praying to God, a kingdom heart does this with the truth of God in mind, and does not fall into the trap of self-adoration.

2022-06-19 Sermon – Agape Love

This Sunday we put into practice all we have been learning together about life in the Kingdom by discerning together what God is saying in the remainder of Matthew 5: Oaths, Retaliation and Love of Enemy. We found that God helps us to faithfully navigate these difficulties of life.

2022-06-12 Sermon – Jebb and the Heartsmith

In Proverbs 17:3 we read: “The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.” Join us as we read a children’s story based on this wonderful proverb. The name of the story is “Jebb and the Heartsmith”, and it is written by Rudolf Coetsee.

2022-06-05 Sermon – The Lord’s Comfort

What does the Kingdom life have to say to us when we mourn? God has a response to all of our life situations even the difficult ones. Join us this morning as we unpack how God comforts and what we can do to seek it from Him.

2022-05-29 Sermon – Kingdom Relationships

This Sunday we look at Jesus’ teaching on marriage and divorce. We continue to learn what to do in real life circumstances if we are to have a righteousness that is greater than the Pharisees and the Scribes.

2022-05-15 Sermon – The Right Side of Righteousness

This Sunday we continue our series into Jesus’ lessons on the Kingdom. This time on having greater righteousness than the Pharisees and the scribes of the Law. What did He mean and how we instill this lesson in ourselves personally and corporately as the Church?

2022-05-08 Sermon – Salt and Light

This Sunday we continue on with our sermon series on Kingdom living. This time looking at the lessons of Jesus regarding Salt and Light. Blessed are we who are salt and light in the world.

2022-05-01 Sermon – Blessed be

This Sunday we continue on in our sermon series looking at life in the Kingdom. This time we look at the greatest sermon Jesus ever told. Learn how the beatitudes are a map for Kingdom life.

2022-04-17 Sermon – Resurrection Response

He is risen! For the disciples, the resurrection of Jesus was unexpected and they did not know how to react to it. Let us consider the different reactions recorded in Luke 24, and how this might apply to our very own, personal response to Jesus’ resurrection this Easter.

2022-03-27 Sermon – Kingdom Rulers

This Sunday we continue our Lenten sermon series by looking once again at how to live a Kingdom life. This time we focus on what it means to rule over a portion of the Kingdom. Join me for some royal training!

2022-03-06 Sermon – Humbled in Suffering

Today is the first Sunday of Lent. We continue our sermon series in Joel by looking at God’s response to His peoples’ lament in Joel Chapter 2. It is also communion Sunday so be sure to have your supplies ready.

2022-02-27 Sermon – Locusts and Lament

This Sunday we start a new sermon series in the prophetic book of Joel. Joel helps us to process all we are feeling as we face hard times. Stay tuned to find out what Locusts and Lament have in common.

2022-02-20 Sermon – When Jesus Comes

It is not wrong for the people of God to long for His return! While we may not know the time, there are things the Bible speaks about that can indicate when the time is near. Today we unpack Paul’s teaching on this subject to the Thessalonians.

2022-02-13 Sermon – Faithfulness

This Sunday we look at what steps we can take in response to God’s faithfulness, especially when we, the people of God are under a time of pressure. We are living in a physically challenging time but that doesn’t mean we should neglect our spiritual health.

2022-01-30 Sermon – Patient Endurance

In an ever changing world it is so important for Christians to enter into the rest of Christ. The pressures of life can cause us to act in ways that often are not Godly. How might God help us to navigate those times in a Godly way and with patient endurance.

2021-12-25 Sermon – Christmas 2021

It’s finally here! The day we celebrate the coming of Jesus at Christmas time. Christmas for many of us is a time to reminisce about our childhood, and as people of faith, a time to be reminded that it is Jesus who should have priority at Christmas and all the days that follow.

2021-12-19 Sermon – Love

This Sunday we celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent by looking at the theme of Love. We learn some interesting aspects of Godly Love that will help us to change our mindsets and lead us into living a more Kingdom life!

2021-12-12 Sermon – Joy

This Sunday we celebrate the third Sunday in Advent by lighting the Joy candle. Today we focus on the joy felt by the Shepherds and observe the haste with which they left everything behind to seek out the Messiah. What are the ways in which we can keep our eyes on Jesus this Christmas?

2021-12-05 Sermon – Peace

This Sunday we celebrate the second Sunday in Advent – Peace. God’s peace is so unlike the peace that the world offers, how can we grasp the peace that the Prince of Peace gives especially during the storms of life.

2021-11-14 Sermon – Worship

This Sunday, we focus on another spiritual disciple – “Sabbath.” Instituted by God, Sabbath is something that should be of utmost important to us. It is a time to put God first and rest in His presence from our labours, worries and fears.

2021-11-07 Sermon – Worship

This morning we continue on with our sermon series looking at the spiritual disciplines. In particular Act 2, where we see the disciples learning, fellowshipping together, breaking bread and praying. How might we make this a part of our lives.

2021-10-31 Sermon – The Lord’s Prayer

The Sunday we start a new sermon series on the spiritual disciplines. In recent weeks we have been covering Prayer and Self Denial and so it seemed appropriate to begin with prayer and prayer as the Lord Jesus taught us.

2021-10-24 Sermon – The Mordecai Movement

This week we look at the last theme of NZBMS’ Prayer and Self-Denial appeal, “The Mordecai Movement.” So very pertinent in our time I think. What injustices are we called to stand up for, for the sake of the Kingdom?


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12 July 2020
In the Gospel of John, chapter 7, Jesus goes up to Jerusalem to attend the festival of Tabernacles. But He does not travel with His brothers. He goes up in His own time, travelling alone because He knows the Father will always be at His side and He has in mind the timing of God, not of man. Join us as we discern the lessons we can learn from Jesus in this chapter. Let us choose to journey with Jesus, and prioritize God’s will and His schedule above that of the world, so we can also be Unhurried and Unafraid.
5 July 2020
In the gospel of John, chapter 6, we read the popular account of the miraculous Feeding of the Five Thousand, followed by Jesus’ teaching on the Bread of Life. Join us today as we discover the meaning of Jesus’ teaching together, using our “Son” glasses to discern the spiritual truths in this passage.
28 June 2020
This week we look at the Gospel of John chapter 5:18-47. Jesus answers the accusations by the Jewish leaders that He was breaking the Sabbath and making Himself equal to God. We look at the ways in which Jesus illustrates that the Son is like the Father.
21 June 2020
This Sunday we compare and contrast the healing of the lame man at the pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-17) to that of the blind man in John chapter 9. What are the similarities and differences in these two healing events? Although Jesus extends the same love and grace to both men, the one has an open heart towards believing in Jesus while the other one’s heart was blind. Join us today as we consider what we can learn from these two remarkable events.
14 June 2020
In this week’s sermon we see how different people respond to Jesus. We want to be people who respond to Jesus in praise because of who He is, not only because of what He does for us. We want to be people that take Jesus at His Word. (John 4:43-54)
7 June 2020
A Samaritan woman encounters Jesus at a well. She finds a man who knows everything about her life, and Jesus declares to her that He is the Messiah. We learn what it means to worship in spirit and in truth, and how we should all own our own faith. Join us today in celebrating the Lord’s supper after the sermon.
31 May 2020
This week we look at the final portion of the Gospel of John chapter 3. In verses 22 to 36, John testifies again about Jesus. We can learn much from John’s ministry; Repentance, Following Jesus in Obedience, and finally, letting Jesus Lead the way, we can echo the words of John in verse 30; “He must become greater; I must become less” as we journey towards our final goal; Eternal life in Christ Jesus.
24 May 2020
We continue with our journey through the Gospel of John this week. Join us as we look at Jesus’ remarkable dialogue with Nicodemus, a Pharisee and leader of the Jews.
17 May 2020
Continuing with our sermon series on the Gospel of John, this Sunday we read the account of Jesus clearing the temple courts (John 2:13-25). This account has profound significance for us today, both in our individual faith journeys as disciples, and also corporately as members of the Church, the body of Christ.
10 May 2020
The fourth installment of our series on the Gospel of John brings us to the account of the Wedding at Cana. Join Jesus and His mother for an event that will change the course of history. The symbolism is vast and still pertinent for us today.
3 May 2020
As we continue our journey through the Gospel of John, we look at the last part of Chapter 1, where the disciples have their first encounter with Jesus. The similarities between their stories and ours are remarkable. Join us as we share communion together at the end of the sermon.
26 April 2020
This Sunday we continue with our sermon series on the Gospel of John. In John 1:19-34, the emphasis is on John the Baptist’s testimony about Jesus. But just who is John the Baptist, and what can we learn from him as believers today?
19 April 2020
This week we begin a new sermon series on the gospel of John. We begin with a heavenly announcement that reveals Jesus as the Word, eternally existing with the Father, and who was made flesh and dwelt among us, bringing His life, light, grace and truth to humanity.
13 April 2020
This Sunday, we look at the resurrection experiences from the perspectives of Mary, Peter and John. May they inspire us and encourage us in our own walk of faith.
10 April 2020
This Good Friday, join us in the garden as we encounter Jesus in the final hours of freedom before the cross. May the story of Easter impact each and every one of us afresh. and inspire us to follow in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ.
5 April 2020
Welcome to Holy Week. In this week’s sermon, we focus on events leading up to and including the Last Supper. Join us for communion during the service.
29 March 2020
This Sunday we begin our journey to Easter. Reading from Mark 11:1-14, we look at Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and the extraordinary incident of the cursing of the fig tree. What is the meaning behind these events? Laurie explains the cultural and historical underpinnings that can enrich our understanding of these events in the life of our King and Saviour, Jesus.
22 March 2020
This is the final sermon in our series on Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. In 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, Paul provides final instructions to the Thessalonians on how to live as disciples of Jesus while they await the Lord’s return. He deals with practical ways in which we can love our neighbors and also how we can love God.
15 March 2020
In this sermon, Laurie talks about Paul’s first letter to the church in Thessalonica. The scripture reading is from 1 Thessalonians 4:13 to 5:11. Paul encourages the church to comfort each other with the coming of the Lord and to walk in hope.
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